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3 COP meetings adopt amendments to restrict dumping of e-waste in developing countries

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Impact of e-and plastic on human health was the agenda at the three COP meetings held for over 10 days in with over 180 countries adopting amendments to restrict dumping of e-in developing countries by the developed ones after the expressed concern over it.

The triple COP (Conference of the Parties) meetings, involving the conferences of the parties to the Basel, and Stockholm Conventions, were held in from April 29 to May 10 on the theme 'Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of and Waste' with over 180 countries as participants.

A delegation of Ministry of Environment, (MOEFCC), and other ministries such as agriculture, chemicals, and and participated in the meeting held in Geneva,

Under the Basel Convention, a major achievement was the decision to amend the convention to include unsorted, mixed and contaminated under PIC (Prior Informed Consent) procedure and improve the regulation of its trans-boundary movement.

"This is a significant step taken towards addressing plastic pollution which has become a major environmental concern across the globe," an Ministry said.

"These steps will help prevent the illegal dumping of plastic wastes in developing countries. has already imposed a complete prohibition of import of solid into the country," the said.

has also made an international commitment to phase out single-use plastic.

"fully supported this exercise and of the Indian delegation was which negotiated this agreement for amendment in the annexes of Basel Convention to bring under PIC procedure," the said, adding that many rounds of multilateral and bilateral negotiations happened under the aegis of the in order to address India's concerns.

The concerns were supported by a large number of other developing countries and on the final day of the COP, a modified decision was adopted in which all the concerns raised by India were incorporated, a statement from the ministry said.

In Basel Convention, two important issues were discussed and decided -- technical guidelines on and inclusion of plastic waste in the PIC procedure.

"The draft technical guidelines stipulated the conditions when used electrical and destined for direct reuse, repair, refurbishment or failure analysis should be considered as non-waste," an official statement from the ministry said.

It said that India had major reservations regarding these provisions as in the name of re-use, repair, refurbishment and failure analysis there was a possibility of dumping from the developed world to the developing countries, including India, in view of the growing consumption of and waste across the world.

"The Indian delegation strongly objected the proposed decision on these guidelines during plenary and did not allow it to be passed by the conference of the parties (COP)," it said.

Signed in 1989, the Basel Convention is comprehensive international environmental agreement on hazardous and other wastes with 187 parties.

The Convention aims to promote shared responsibilities in relation to importation of and pesticides, which is jointly administered by the (FAO) and Programme (UNEP).

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is a treaty to protect human health and the environment from that remain intact in the environment for long periods. The legally-binding convention has 182 parties.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 21:01 IST
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